Sailing across the Indian Ocean can be fearsome. Pirates off of Somalia combined with storms off of South Africa make the choice of route difficult, throw in closed borders due to the pandemic and we find ourselves in a very difficult situation. We want to show a little of the concerns and stresses that lay behind the life we lead here in Isolation, so this video is a little different to usual. We are in no way complaining about our situation, we are just explaining our thoughts and feelings behind our reasoning for where and when we go from here.
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11 thoughts on “Pirates, Storms and Covid, How do we get home?”
Whatever you do please be careful. I know it must be hard to stop your adventure, but be patient, things will get better. Praying for both of you. Joe
Hi Guys, Our thoughts are with you. Down here in Aus there is talk of a vaccine being imminent, so that just might be a bright light on the horizon. Keep smiling
Regards Peter and Louise
Hi Guys, Your updates are still brilliant so do keep them coming. Perhaps a trip ashore around the island, is that possible? Keep your spirits up. My wife and I have not been for a meal or even coffee out since February and we miss our freedom. You will get going again soon and we are looking forward to your journey forward, what ever it entails. Love and best wishes.
Hi you two. Umm tricky times indeed. Glad you feel secure where you are. Thank you for sharing your thoughts & feelings about your situation and as you say you are in a beautiful place, however it’s not quite what the doctor ordered and the uncertainty must be slightly tarnishing your experience albeit temporarily. However your situation will be resolved one way or another & you will have memories in abundance. Thinking n praying for you both. Lots of love Janie Malc & Peggy. Three old codgers from beautiful Dorset 💕🍷
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We understand the predicament you guys are in but we think you are making the right decision to stay put. It’s not going to be easy but we think it’s the best choice of all the options. Stay safe and stay patient, things will turn for the better again.
We expected to be on the road to our plan now too but we too have to be patient……we all will set sail again for sure.
Warmest thoughts sending your way, Ingrid and Alan
Have you been socializing with the other boats isolating with you? You would think that there would be a variety of different skillsets and experiences to draw upon If not just just to make your stay there more enjoyable.
We very much enjoy your episodes. Stay safe!
Hi Reggie, Yes we get on very well with the 8 other yachts here. We all help each other out, Matt’s electronics background is traded for others mechanical expertise! The yachting community is always very good at socializing too 😉
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We have been watching your adventures on utube and enjoy your videos. Although we have not crossed the Pacific, we have been liveaboards on our yacht for over 12 years and spent 7 of those years in the Indian Ocean. We sailed down the Red Sea in 2009 and visited Mumbai and Goa before spending many months in Bolgatty Marina in Kochi, Kerala before sailing to The Maldives. Like you, we visited Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, but we kept returning to India and The Maldives as we absolutely love both places. We crossed the Indian Ocean 4 times between India and Malaysia. We sailed to Chagos and then returned to The Maldives and India, rather than heading south like most of our fellow sailors. We also sailed to The Seychelles and again returned to The Maldives and India. We found it so hard to leave the Indian Ocean and make the decision to sail back to The Seychelles, then onto Madagascar and South Africa. From there we sailed to Namibia, St Helena and Ascension before arriving in The Caribbean. We been here a couple of years now and are currently in lockdown in St Lucia due to Covid, but we still miss the Indian Ocean and our advice to you would be – stay there as long as you can! Don’t cross from Indonesia to Chagos on the Southern route and miss all that the northern Indian Ocean has to offer. Due to the 2 seasons with opposing winds, it is easy to sail backwards and forwards. India is incredible and The Maldives are beautiful. We would definitely recommend you think about going there!
All the best, Antony and Davina, S/Y Divanty.
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Dear Antony and Davina, S/Y Divanty.
I’ve been reading your comment with much interest and will definitely keep this in mind when we get to that part of the world on our world voyage.
Thanks for sharing,
Ingrid and Alan
Another very professional video. Well done!
I can’t imagine the work that goes into producing them. But can well understand the routes-and-when-dilemma.
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Hi guys. Very similar route from chichester harbour to panama on our way home to victoria
Have an idea regarding plastic clean up that might make lockdown more palatable.
Cheers. Chris and jen.